The game ended 5-1 and Leeds finished the season fourth behind a top three Feds of Liverpool, Newcastle United and Durham Cestria. Laura Bartup was the league’s joint top scorer with 21 goals following Sunday’s performance in the North East. Sandra Soares-Martin opened the scoring after Katie Ramsden and claimant Paige Williams went close and then Anna Winter equalized for Chester-le-Street within minutes.
It was all Leeds for the rest of the game, however. Bartup headed in and then Soares-Martin curled an effort just off the upright before the former took control.
Bartup scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season with some low drives that put the travelers in control at halftime.
There was still time for Leeds to add a fourth to their tally before the break, however, with Rebekah Bass firing in a thunderous shot that dipped under the bar from 30 yards out.
The second half was played at a less frantic pace, but Dan O’Hearne’s side kept the pressure on as they looked to end the season strong.
And they deserved to make it five when Sarah Danby came on after a brilliant cross from Ramsden. Leeds ended their campaign with seven points from a possible last nine.
New challenges await us next season with Hull City and Middlesbrough coming into the division, as well as York and Merseyrail to come.
Leeds: Joyce (GK), Smart (Hindle 57), Hamill (C), Bass (Hunt 53), Robson, Underdown, Danby, Williams, Ramsden, Soares-Martins, Bartup (Smith 61).